26 March 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said that new restrictions on nonessential services and outside gatherings announced on Tuesday last by the government clearly impact our rights but human rights law allows for such restrictions when proportionate to the need to protect life and health.

The Executive Director of ICCL, Liam Herrick, said:”Before the outbreak of COVID-19, measures that curb our rights to this extent were almost unimaginable. But we agree with government that these measures are necessary to protect our rights to life and health. We would urge people to take these measures seriously to combat the spread of the virus and to avoid the situation where the government feels the need to apply even more stringent restrictions on our rights.”

Last week, ICCL provided a rights-based analysis of the emergency legislation passing through the Dáil to all members of the Oireachtas. Our most pressing concern was that a firm sunset clause would be included, so that when the emergency is over the legislation will cease…

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